Tagged: intestine

A gut bacterium’s guide to building a microbiome

The mammalian gut is warm, moist, and incredibly nutrient-rich—an environment that is perfect for bacterial growth. The communities of “good bacteria” in the gut, commonly referred to as the microbiome, are vital partners for...

Mapping out a diet plan for IBS

People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) frequently report that their symptoms worsen after meals and believe they have food intolerances (true food allergies in IBS are uncommon). Some think that dairy foods or wheat and other...

The ABCs of IBS

Everyone gets an upset stomach on occasion—from, say, overindulg­ing in greasy burgers, fatty fries, pizza, or Alfredo-topped pasta. But an estimated 10 to 15 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic tummy...

How your digestive system works

Across the planet, humans eat on average between 1 and 2.7 kilograms of food a day, and every last scrap makes its way through the digestive system. Comprised of ten organs covering nine meters,...